August 7th, 2017

Cover Art FAQ: Answered

June Stevens Westerfield

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” That is good advice for life, but it doesn’t work for actual books. Readers DO, and always will, judge a book by its cover, and there is nothing you can do about it. No, wait, I lied. There is something you can do about it. […]

June 5th, 2017

SHOULD You Create Your Own Book Cover?

June Stevens Westerfield

A few months ago the lovely Laura Drake emailed me and said “I’ve got this book coming up, what do you think of the cover I am designing for it?”

Ooh, tricky thing here. You see, if you ask me my opinion on something, I will give it. Even if it’s negative. […]

October 5th, 2016

How I Edited 1200 Pages in 12 Weeks

First, I am not crazy. Well, not that way.

I’ve finished four manuscripts; all have finaled or won in several contests. I’ve sent out a dozen queries, maybe more, thanks to Laura Drake. The two books I thought were most salable, have been requested and sent to a handful of agents and editors in […]

June 3rd, 2015

Designing a Book Cover That Tells

Christopher Lentz

If you’re reading this, you’re probably a storyteller. That’s part “story” and part “teller.” So what do your book covers tell potential readers?

First confession: I may be new to the self-publishing world, but I’m not a newcomer to the universe of design and marketing. Since the launch of my novel, Blossom, I […]

November 28th, 2014

6 Ways to Jump on Holiday Sales

Penny Sansevieri

Now that everything has turned into 24/7 holiday shopping, you may wonder if it’s too late to get your book onto someone’s *must buy* holiday shopping list. While it’s late in the season to be thinking of your holiday strategy, there are some great things you can still do to nudge sales in […]